Planning Division

I would like to welcome you to the Planning Division's web page.  My name is Michael Boquist and I am the City Planner for the City of La Grande.  The Planning Division oversees all Land Use standards that relate to Residential, Commercial and Industrial development within La Grande and its Urban Growth Boundary.  The Planning Division also serves as the support staff for the City Council, Planning Commission and Landmarks Commission.

I hope that you have a positive experience using this web page and are able to find the information you need.  The web page is designed to be an extension of our office and provides many of the same resources that are available at the Planning Division counter.  Please feel free to call or email me with any questions.

To help you better navigate this site, I have provided several quick links to commonly requested information.  If you are having difficulty finding something specific, there is an excellent search engine at the upper right corner of each page.  It works especially well when searching City Code sections.  Just type in a key word or two and press "Go."

INTERACTIVE DOWNTOWN HISTORIC DISTRICT MAP
INTERACTIVE DOWNTOWN HISTORIC DISTRICT MAP

Check out our new INTERACTIVE LAND USE MAP, currently featuring the Downtown Historic District (http://gis.lagrandeoregon.org) It functions similar to a Google map. Click on downtown historic sites to see photos and to learn a little bit of history about each site.  The map is also smart phone friendly.  If you allow your location to be shared with the site, a blue dot will show your location to help you better identify the building(s) next to you

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Maps

The Planning Division maintains several maps that are used for managing a variety of land use issues within the City.  Maps available on-line include zoning, flood plain, potential wetlands, historic district, plus others. 

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Ordinances & Resolutions
  • Land Development Code
  • Downtown Historic District Standards
  • Comprehensive Plan
  • Annexation Ordinance

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April 14, 2016
2016-2017 LAND USE CODE AMENDMENTS
2016-2017 LAND USE CODE AMENDMENTS

The La Grande Planning Commission and Landmarks Commission are currently working on changes to the City's land use regulation that govern the allowed uses and activities that occur on properties within the City and Urban Growth Boundary.  Many of the changes are updates to terminology used and do not affect how the standards are implemented.  There are many housekeeping amendments and a few changes that will remove barriers and help support new development.  Out of all the changes proposed, we would like bring your attention to two new ideas that are being considered:

New Medical Services Zone:  For the Grande Ronde Hospital campus, we are considering creating a new Medical Services Zone that would help the Hospital better achieve their short and long range plan for managing and improving services offered at the Hospital and the clinics located on the Hospital campus.

Urban Chickens:  A group of citizens have worked together to propose new Code provisions to allow an opportunity for many residents in the City to raise rabbits, ducks and chickens (no roosters).

Please follow this link for more information about upcoming Code changes and the meeting dates where citizens can get engaged and participate in the process.

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PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING INFORMATION
PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING INFORMATION

Planning Commission meeting agendas and meeting minutes.  Occasionally, applications under consideration by the Commission may be available on-line through this link.

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Application Forms For Download
October 8, 2015
Marijuana Related Businesses - Banned
Marijuana Related Businesses - Banned

By Ordinance of the City of La Grande City Council, all marijuana related facilities are banned or prohibited from locating and operating within the City of La Grande.  This includes the establishment and operation of new medical marijuana processing sites, medical marijuana dispensaries, recreational marijuana producers, recreational marijuana processors, recreational marijuana wholesalers and recreational marijuana retailers.

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Riverside Park to Spring Creek - Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan
Riverside Park to Spring Creek - Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan

The I-84 corridor between La Grande and Pendleton is frequently traveled by bicycle enthusiasts and the project area lacks a safe pathway for bicyclists to travel through this corridor.  To help alleviate this conflict the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) is working with the City of La Grande and Union County on a project that will identify practical ways to develop a multi-use trail along the Grande Ronde River from Riverside Park in La Grande to the the I-84 Spring Creek exit.  Please visit this link for additional information, open house events and other updates as they become available. 

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Resource Links

This page provides links to websites of other Agencies that you might find useful when looking for property ownership, County Assessor maps, and State laws on a variety of issues and topics.

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